Application Platform News

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Platform Industry: Microsoft logo

Microsoft looking to bring advertising into more of its software?

It seems Microsoft is getting ready to integrate advertising into more of its products. Some Microsoft power users have noticed an advert in the latest iteration of Windows 11 File...

Ukraine

More platform players reject Russian aggression, stop sales there

Game publishers such as Epic Games, Ubisoft, Take-Two and Activision-Blizzard are joining the boycott of Russia by pausing the sale of games in the country.

Apple App Store

Advocacy group to challenge the iOS browser status quo

Apple is being challenged by a group of developers to end WebKit’s dominance and allow other browser engines on the tech titans iPhone and iPad devices, following accusations...

Platform News: Huawei Technologies

Huawei commits to consumer markets with ‘Smart Office’ launch

China’s Huawei launched seven new “Smart Office” products, including a top-end laptop and its first printer and e-ink tablet, on Sunday, underlining its commitmen...

Chinese Flag

Fresh fears over Beijing regulatory crackdown drive China tech rout

Investor worries over the potential for a fresh wave of regulatory crackdowns by Beijing set off steep drops in Chinese tech shares.

Platform News: Cloud Computing giant AWS Amazon

Analysis: Amazon defies break-up wave sweeping conglomerates

Amazon.com Inc has become the poster child of technology giants bucking the trend of major conglomerates breaking up, thanks to bright growth prospects shielding it from pressure t...

Platform News: SoftBank Group CEO

Storm clouds gather at SoftBank Group as valuations slide

Storm clouds hang over SoftBank Group Corp as it prepares to report third-quarter earnings, with the valuations of top portfolio companies slipping and heavyweights departing the J...

DoorDash app-based delivery

DoorDash surges on revenue beat, stand out among pandemic darlings

Shares of DoorDash Inc have surged some 16.5% after the food-delivery company beat estimates for quarterly revenue, a rare bright spot among stay-at-home darlings that have seen th...

Platform news: Artificial intelligence AI

Europe’s bid for AI standard faces long road, EU lawmakers say

Europe’s effort to set a standard for artificial intelligence will likely take more than a year, with the debate focusing on whether facial recognition should be banned and w...

Meta

Meta closes Kustomer deal after regulatory approval

Meta Platforms Inc has said it had closed its acquisition of Kustomer, a US customer service start-up, after winning conditional European Union antitrust approval for the deal last...

Platform Industry: CEO of the ride-sharing company Uber Technologies

Uber 2024 profit forecast falls short of expectations, shares drop

Uber laid out a $5 billion operating profit for 2024 that fell short of analyst estimates, sending its shares down 4% on Thursday, even as the ride-hailing company revealed several...

Platform News: Ride-hailing app Uber Technologies

Uber posts profit as ride demand recovers, delivery remains strong

Uber Technologies has reported its second quarterly operating profit as demand for its ride-hailing service approached pre-pandemic levels and its food delivery business turned pro...

Pinterest social media news

Digital ad minnows Snap, Pinterest soar past giant Meta

For years, investors have wondered about the long-term prospects for Snap and Pinterest, smaller digital advertising players which have had to pick up the ad dollar scraps left ove...

Platform News: Amazon

Amazon trots out YouTube-sized advertising business

Amazon pulled the veil off its sprawling advertising business for the first time, revealing a business larger than that of Google’s YouTube.

Joe Biden

White House to hold second Competition Council meet today

The White House is set to hold the second meeting of its Competition Council on Monday, federal agencies said over the weekend.